It’s been well established that infants who hear sounds from their mother’s womb benefit in several ways. It is believed that brain development in particular is strengthened but the healing powers of a womb-like atmosphere help heal the baby’s entire body. The Womb Box recognizes this vital approach, and aims to recreate a womb-like environment for premature babies based on the latest scientific research.
What’s more, they will be at the New York Baby Show on May 20 and 21, at Pier 94.
The nation’s largest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler. From top products to trusted parenting experts, the New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!
Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
We spoke with a member of the Womb Box team, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the New York Baby Show.
For someone unfamiliar with Womb Box, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?
The Womb Box team is dedicated to exploring novel consumer products to help premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The goal of our team is create a womb-like environment in the NICU for infants born early. We are currently exploring how womb sounds influence infant physiology, and products that would allow us to deliver a mother’s own womb sounds to her infant after birth. Studies show that womb-like sounds may be important for the development of an infant’s body and brain. Since parents have the most valuable insights on how their infants respond to products at home, we want to combine our knowledge about womb sounds with parental wisdom to make our products the best they can be for babies.
Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?
The Womb Box team was born from research done at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Joanna, the lead on the National Science Foundation grant and a pediatrician and neonatologist-in-training, played womb-like sounds to premature infants and found it helped stabilize them in the NICU. She wants to keep researching how sounds affect premature infants, and know what sound products mothers and fathers of premature and full term infants are using for their babies. She hopes to provide the parents of premature infants the best knowledge and information on how to create appropriate soundscapes for their hospitalized infants.
What’s next for Womb Box?
We plan to build products that allow infants to feel at home in their first few weeks outside of the womb by providing them with a familiar environment. Our goal is to take our research, incorporate parental feedback and translate that into products that bolster growth and development for infants at home and in the hospital.
What sets Womb Box apart from similar companies?
The Womb Box team wants to take science out of the lab. We want to take our knowledge of sound and its effects on infants, and translate that into medical devices and everyday product for families and their babies.
What can parents expect from Womb Box at the New York Baby Show?
Parents will be given information about how sound effects development, and the current recommendations for sound usage. They will also get to learn about novel research working to capture a mother’s womb sounds during pregnancy. Additionally we want to know how how they use sound with their infant, what they think works and doesn’t work, and what sound products they enjoy using.